I received my MaxKare Magnetic Rowing Machine about a week ago and my entire body has been sore ever since. Since I didn’t act fast enough when the quarantine hit, I waited for almost a month to receive it. It seems like everyone had the same thought process – can’t go to the gym, let’s bring the gym home.
Before making this $300 purchase, which includes a two-year warranty, I did a fair amount of research. There are many rowing machines on the market and the price ranges from $70 to well beyond $700. If I ever win the lottery, I’ll buy a fancy one with water inside that swishes to make you feel like you’re on the water instead of stuck in your home. I have a $20 white noise machine to get a similar effect, although I usually just watch TV while I row.
Out of all the machines I found on Amazon, this one was the cheapest with the best reviews. It was also one of the few that weren’t sold out with pending delivery dates. Even so, I had to wait for a month because of their backlog of orders. But it was worth the wait!
Spoiler alert: the pros list will be way longer than the cons. I cannot rave enough about this rower. First of all, it is really heavy which makes it sturdy. I have honestly been on less sturdy rowers at gyms. This thing is surprisingly stable even when my husband uses it at a high speed. It doesn’t shake or wobble, it is also very quiet.
If the sturdiness alone isn’t enough to sell you on this, this machine happens to fold in half. While it is very thin and doesn’t take up much room as far as rowers go, it isn’t small. So if you live in a small space, the folding is a life saver. I have packed my entire gym into my office and blocked access to the fireplace. While this isn’t a permanent solution, I could easily fold this rower if another polar vortex makes its way over to Rhode Island to access the currently blocked fireplace.
Assembly was relatively easy. So I didn’t actually assemble it myself because I was working but I had my husband do it. I have never seen anyone worse at assembly than him. Even an Ikea cube is a challenge for him. However, there were only a few grumbles and within 30 minutes he managed to put it together without any injuries or breakages.
You’ve probably stopped reading by now and are in the middle of buying this thing. If not, then let me keep convincing you. The MaxKare Magnetic Rowing Machine comes with a low-tech battery powered digital screen. Did you catch that? This thing is battery powered so there’s no cords necessary! Anyway, I can’t speak for the calories but the time and number of rows is quite accurate.
My favorite thing about this is that you it doesn’t reset any of your stats unless you hold in the button. So I keep it throughout the day to track my progress since I normally do it in short bursts. The timer stops within 3 seconds of immobility. The rowing count adds about 2 or 3 max when you start and stop, otherwise it’s accurate.
I almost forgot to mention the resistance! There are 10 settings and there is a noticeable difference between the settings. I’ve been rowing for only a few minutes, several times a day on a five and I can feel my muscles hurting as we speak. It truly is a powerful machine.
What! There’s cons? After all that praise? Yes. But it’s very tongue in cheek. This is a cheap rower that you can get for $246 on Amazon not including the insurance. Which I did get, because let’s face it, the belt is likely to rip in the next two years of daily use. I do wish that the display was better and perhaps showed distance? My Apple Watch can probably guesstimate it but it would be great to be able to accurately track my rowing distance towards my move goals for 2020.
Also, I guess I have to point out that it is quite heavy. So if you need to move it, it won’t be easy. There are plenty of lighter weight rowing machines on the market but I suspect that this makes the quality suffer. If you don’t want a heavy machine, you are better off going with a machine without a belt such as the Stamina Body Trac Glider. These machines are cheaper, smaller, lighter and allow for a great work out. Personally though, I love the classic rower with a belt.
The MaxKare Magnetic Rowing Machine is great! I highly recommend it because of its value compared to cost. While this is my first rowing machine, I am fairly confident that this is as good as it gets for the price. I compared other machines and checked reviews on Amazon. All arrows point to this beautiful rower that will transform me into super woman.
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